Denver is only about 55 miles south of my home. One of the attractions of Colorado that I enjoy seeing is the capitol. The golden dome is one of the prominent features in Denver's skyline. The building is made from Colorado rose onyx, which is a type of stone so rare that all known reserves were used in the capitol's construction. The capitol's original signature dome was made of copper, but was swapped out for gold in 1908 due to the copper's tendency to oxidize. Also the gold was added to commemorate the Colorado Gold Rush.
The capitol was constructed in the 1890s and was opened in November of 1894. The capitol sits at exactly one mile above sea level.
When you are in Denver, there are several things to do besides visiting the capitol. There is the Denver Mint, Denver Art Musuem, Union Station, Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception(picture attached) and the Molly Brown House. Molly Brown was known as "The Unsinkable Molly Brown" because she survived the sinking of the Titanic. She was also a philanthropist, socialite and activist.
If you have never been to Colorado, you need to put this state on your list to visit. Make sure you tour the capitol and the other sites. Also, you need to venture out of Denver and go south towards Pike's Peak or north to the Rocky Mountain National Park. You will not be disappointed on your visit. And you will understand why Colorado is one of the fastest growing states in the country.
Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception